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Wilderness Retreat

Wilderness Retreat

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Ben Brierley, Kate Rawles, Sarah Sims and Gabriele Haworth Buist

A perfect escape from fast paced digital life; a unique opportunity to reconnect, reinvigorate and restore our relationship with nature.

Yearning to get away from fast paced, digitally dominated modern life? Shocked by and concerned about the climate and ecological crises we all now face? Join us for a few wonderful days that combine a retreat from busyness with an immersion in some of our most beautiful landscapes; an exploration of mountain, forest, river and sea combined with a unique opportunity to reflect on our relationships with the natural world at personal and social levels – and how to heal the rifts.

In the company of expert guides and thinkers, we will wander the banks of the powerful Findhorn River; walk in the magnificent Cairngorm mountains; stroll through the fabulous golden Findhorn gorse to the ocean and experience the magic that is kayaking on the ocean or in the Bay. We will create the space for you to step back from your busy lives while seeking out beautiful places in nature where your body, mind and soul can be realigned and nourished. Throughout our days together we will explore questions about humans and ecology, how we can heal the disconnect and, above all, how we can turn a currently dysfunctional relationship into a powerful force for good. We won’t shy away from the truth of the environmental crises we face, but our overall emphasis will be on positive change and re-energising for action and life.

photo credit: Kate Rawles

Our basecamp is the world-renowned Findhorn ecovillage and spiritual community, situated on a peninsula with an expansive beach and bay. There will be plentiful opportunities to find out about the ecovillage and how the community functions. Meditation and yoga will be interspersed with adventures into (relatively!) wild landscapes and ongoing conversations and activities to help reconnect ourselves to nature and to recall its vital importance in all of our lives.

The Findhorn Ecovillage community provides comfortable accommodation, vegetarian meals and meditation spaces. Saunas and the hot tub situated within the community are available at regular times for a small additional fee. Let the healing powers of mountain, forest, river and sea work their magic on your mind, body and spirit; and let our unique combination of adventure, retreat and environmentalism help send you back out into ‘normal life’ reinvigorated, refreshed and with a strengthened relationship with the wild – within and without.

Making the most of the Retreat
You might want to formulate a question or intention you’d like to explore while on the retreat.
If you have a favourite poem or paragraph of writing about nature, wilderness or wildness, then please bring it along to share.

What to bring:
Please come prepared for a full day’s hike in the mountains, a riverside wander and some activities out on the water.
• Hiking gear including tough walking shoes, waterproof coat and trousers, hat
• Change of outdoor clothes and casual indoor clothes
• Day pack
• Water bottle
• Swimwear
• Yoga wear
• Special snacks

Provided by us:
• Accommodation for 5 nights
• Bed linen and towels
• All food for 5 nights, including ingredients for packed lunches

The programme starts on Saturday 30th May 2020 with registration beginning at 4pm. It ends at 12:30pm on Thursday 4th June. Price includes food and accommodation for 5 nights.

If you would like to stay on in our accommodation after the Thursday lunchtime completion, you are most welcome to extend your retreat by up to two extra nights. The prices for this are: Thursday night £38; Friday night £45. There are many local opportunities for walking and cycling, plus regular meditation times and other activities in the area that you may wish to continue enjoying.
(Please note that the Findhorn Foundation is not liable for any of the activities that you may choose to participate in after the end of the programme.)

For your safety and participation in the programme we ask that you can comfortably walk for approximately five hours over uneven ground, that you can swim and can get in and out of a boat or kayak unassisted (but with expert guidance).

Tiered Pricing

Our quoted prices are fully inclusive of participation in the workshop or event, accommodation in our guest rooms (including towels and linen), all meals and refreshments, and full access to our community facilities like our meditation sanctuaries. Some facilities, like our saunas and hot tub, ask for a donation for use.

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Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

Thank you.

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